Now that Oracle has announced their MySQL licensing and pricing, it seems appropriate, given our technology partnership with them for InfiniDB, to provide a perspective on the impact this will have in the market.
I believe Matt Aslett has it right in his recent 451Report, Oracle rejiggers MySQL support options and pricing, that while Oracle doesn’t get high marks for communicating its plans with MySQL, they’ve clearly made good on their promises by continuing to improve on the MySQL technology and are making investments for the long term. In my view, Oracle has given MySQL a new beginning as a credible, enterprise alternative within the Oracle stack.
For Calpont InfiniDB users and customers, I am pleased with the changes and commitment. Customers who have invested in MySQL have the confidence that Oracle is standing behind their partners who improve on MySQL scalability and performance. This is especially important with analytics, which require the technological benefits that are only available with new storage engine innovation.
Equally instructive are Edward Screven’s (Oracle’s Chief Corporate Architect in charge of MySQL) comments at a recent Oracle Open World conference (in this OOW What’s Next video), underscoring MySQL’s role in a broader Oracle enterprise strategy. He states, “MySQL has attributes different from Oracle’s enterprise database and that there’s a place for MySQL in Oracle enterprises.” Oracle has a proven track record of investing in open source technology for the benefit of customers and partners. Their commitment is already paying dividends for Calpont customers and there’s clear evidence that MySQL has a bright future in analytic database solutions.